Internship - NSF REU (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – November 16, 2013
As a student just beginning my studies in Aerospace Engineering, the NSF REU Aerospace Program at Texas A&M helped me focus what I wanted to study in Aerospace Engineering.
A typical day included the attendance of a GRE and leadership workshop as well as heading to the laboratory to run tests that would be used for the final presentation.
In terms of management, there were certain flaws specifically to the Aerospace department. Certain logistics were not reliable, lack of information caused many of us to have reimbursement problems, and organization of program was not there.
However with that said, the program did function well and did gain a lot of knowledge including working in the wind tunnels and running tests, to gather sample data from an observed group of people.
One of the hardest part of the job was developing the journal paper and creating the research poster. As with any presentation, a large sum of information has to be filtered and arranged so that it can be display in a coherent manner.
The most enjoyable part of the job is enjoying the off work hours with fellow co-workers, allowing us to develop friendships and networks that are still viable today.
stipend, experience, networking, friendships, field trips
organization, lack of more (expected) field trips, lack of leadership
Typically, I was in charge of everyday office maintenance which included refilling printers with toner, paper, staples, etc., and straightening up the all offices before professors arrived in need of assistance. When the department head left the office for wither lunch of class, my responsiblilities were to record any missed calls and answer any questions within my realm of knowledge of the school for the caller at hand. Occasionally, an instructor (professor, asst. professor, graduate student, etc.) would need assistance with either an upcoming event of classroom assignments/projects of which I will give my full undivided attention to help complete any requests they may have for me. These requests could range for something more time demanding such as brochure designing and event place booking, to something as simple as making 50+ copies in a specific order, or simply being capable of understanding printer error codes during a printer malfunction.
From employment at the Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education Department of Texas A&M University - Commerce, I would review my overall learning experience as a fair challenge to my time management and organization skill. You also obtain an increased knowledge on easing the tension of angry callers, rushed instructers, and enrolled/potential graduate students who come for a visit with the intent to "tell-us-how-it-is".
If anything, the hardest part of the job would be to approach an someone and inform them that their attempt to incorrectly fix a problem would possibly lead to the problem becoming worse than it alreadymore... is, and they are unwilling to listen you. Being an minimum-wage, easily replaceable, student worker tends to set that challenge more than it should, but I do enjoy the feeling of stopping them before any real damage comes into play for equipment.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the positive attitude of the overall workplace.less
Outstanding and knowledgeable faculty. Immense resources. Opportunities abound if you like participating in projects outside your standard scope.
Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – College Station, TX – February 3, 2015
I work mostly with gas discharges (plasma), and I have had opportunities to investigate plasma applications in the chemical processing of crude oil, flow control over airfoils, generation of high energy particles, thin films for medical applications, and switching kilovolts at kHz frequencies. When I am not instructing upper level undergrad labs/classes I work in my research lab where I get to use equipment such as oscilloscopes, vacuum systems, spectrometers, scanning electron microscopes, gas chromatographs, rheometers, profilometers and many other tools. Projects require knowledge of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, circuits, electromagnetics, material properties and design/fabrication techniques. A formal report/presentation is given to the research sponsors at the end of a project. In addition to research, I volunteer with the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC), which is a DOE sponsored organization that promotes energy end-use and process efficiency to small businesses. The IAC will evaluate current practices of a business and recommend financially attractive modifications. Recommendations from the visit are prepared in a report and delivered to senior level personnel.
Career Counseling Intern (Former Employee) – Corpus Christi, TX – August 10, 2014
As an intern I learned so much at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. The environment is conducive to learning everything you need to know about becoming a Career Counselor. A typical work day consisted of working directly with students regarding various elements of career development, resume writing, job searching, interviewing strategies, career explorations, and reviewing career assessment results. I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students, including domestic and international students, the campus community, and the public. My co-workers and boss were always willing to help or contribute when I asked for advice with students and even let me sit in on some of their counseling sessions to observe their counseling style. The most enjoyable part of my job was being able to help students, they would come in visibly distraught and feeling the pressures of being a student, trying to find their way, and setting themselves up in their careers. When a student left feeling significantly better and making choices and moves in the right direction for their career paths it made becoming a Career Counselor all worth it.
Opportunity was given to me and I am thankful. I believe if I had not gotten hired on at the post office I could see myself advancing at TAMU.
Clerical Work (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – February 4, 2014
I must indeed say that a typical day at work was great for me as well as challenging. Over thirty years ago, my typing speed was about 80/4 and I did go to many interviews before I was hired. I learned that I could do this. Just listen, follow orders, read and can all you learn. It was at TAMU when the Apple Computers came out and one of the professors would log me in and I would type and he would come and do the rest, etc.. Otherwise, I typed on a electrical type-writer or the word processor. Management were great and my co-workers were nice. In some of the offices they were somewhat older ladies, but nice. The hardest part of the job was taking control, afraid that I would fail, not realizing that is a part of life. Being confident in what I was doing and enjoying every moment of it.
comp-time, if you had to work thru lunch or late to finish a project.
depends on the projects, not enough time in the day to complete.
My typical day at work begins with checking and updating social media. Then I work on tasks that consist of re-sizing a photo, downloading photos from the camera, fixing any errors detected on our website. I then go to lunch. After lunch I work on large projects (magazine layout, webdesign, graphic design work, etc.). Peppered throughout my week are events that I need to take photos at.
I have learned office skills, CMS, CSS, and that Google helps with most anything else I run into that I am not knowledgeable in.
The management, while mostly helpful, tends to be unsteady at best.
I work very closely with my boss as we are only a two person department. It is emotionally stressful with only two people covering a whole campus.
• Aided in a study that involved the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), where juvenile red drum otoliths were extracted for which were used for stable isotope testing and aging. This research will be used to relate habitat characteristics to the frequency of red drum occurrence in three separate bay areas across the Gulf of Mexico. • Participated in an early life ecology study of snapper species along the Texas coast. This study was conducted by the Fisheries Ecology lab, NOAA, and TPWD. • Sorted and identified larval fish (swordfish, marlin, tuna, flying fish, and dolphin fish) species from nekton and bongo net tow samples. • Identified different species of larval tuna (big eye, blue fin, yellow fin, and black fin) both visually and through running genetic tissue samples. • Limited exposure to acoustic telemetry tracking through tagging Gulf flounder off the Galveston coastline.
Provided me skills to work in a laboratory setting
Customer Service Climate Research Study Assistant (Former Employee) – College Station, Texas – June 22, 2012
While attending Texas A&M University, I volunteered to help conduct a personality study. The study focused on comparing people's perceptions of self within a work shift with their perceived performance through the vantage point of customers. A typical day of volunteering would include calling business to ask if they would be interested in the study, arriving on location to conduct the survey research at distinct points throughout an employee's work shift, and compiling and submitting the data collected in the study into an excel template that ultimately would allow the research team to draw conclusions about the correlation amongst the factors taken into consideration. I had no co-workers for the majority of the study, only a research head who would instruct me to do various tasks depending on the day. The hardest part of the job was convincing businesses to include themselves in the study, the most enjoyable part of the study was meeting people and explaining the nature of the study to them.
Cashier (Current Employee) – Commerce, TX – March 30, 2015
I enjoy working at the store. The fellow employees are nice and casual people. The managers know what to say and how to phrase wording so that customers are not upset. The work flow can be brainless but I enjoy rush times where I can keep shelves stocked and help customers with any and most issues that arise. I learned how to run the registers and do returns, book buy-backs and most customer service. If I can not help a customer I always ask them if they would like to talk to the manager in charge. The hardest part is my Tuesday/Thursday's because I am upfront by myself and do not have the ability to roam the store sorting and organizing the stock. I just can stare at is and make a list of what needs to be fixed when a coworker comes in.
fun employees, experienced managers, good hours
skeleton crew at a few hours, college kids complaining about money.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – June 28, 2012
The Riverside Energy Efficiency Laboratory (REEL) has several research and job capabilities. It's primary focus is air flow, sound quality, and psychrometric testing although there has been specialized testing such as heat conduction testing.
The lab has amazing, friendly people. This comes from both the working staff and the graduate students who work in the laboratory. Everyone has their particular responsibilities, but everyone also chips in assistance for anyone who needs it. This also allows someone to learn about the other projects happening in the laboratory.
The laboratory works with the industry by offering testing services. This results in client interaction and meeting new people on about a biweekly basis. Overall, the social environment between working with the people in the laboratory and client makes REEL a great research laboratory.
ideal working facility, secluded from campus and plenty of space.
lab was under a few changes that deterred from my research although that time should be past.
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – February 5, 2015
I worked as a student employee so I can't comment on regular employee jobs. The pay is far too low to adequately offset the cost of education there. The "student employee" health plan is exactly the same as the "student" plan. Switching from one department to another requires a whole new employee file to be created. The different departments, and even professors and staff within a department, don't seem to communicate with each other much. Nobody knows how the school's resources are distributed, who has what special equipment, or what their neighbors are working on for research. I would recommend working here only as a last resort if you can't find any other "student jobs" in town.
staff tries to be helpful, works around student schedule
Turn all copiers on before library opens. Invoiced books for payment as they came in. Balanced the Money Management Center and made the deposit. Made sure copy cards were loaded into the dispenser. Opened/sorted mail and made sure was placed in proper office mail slots. Special projects as needed.
The experience that I learned provided me with the knowledge that has been with me all through my career.
I could not have worked for any better employer.
My co-workers were like one big happy family.
Learning the accounting system took the longest to learn since I only used it once a month.
Working with all the different people.
good beneifits and paid holidays/sick leave/vacation.
sometimes you have to deal with unpleasant people.
My typical day at work would start out with me looking to see if we had any jobs in the in box for the professors /graduate students. After filling the jobs the next step is to check the mail and distributing it in the proper boxes. While filling the jobs I would answer the phones and transfer calls to the proper office or take messages.
Another part of the job would be to do errands whether personal or professional for the supervisors.
The best part of my job would be that I was able to learn office operations and work on my course studies when the office was slow.
The hardest part of the job was that some of the professors were wanting their work done first even though they were not the most urgent orders put in.
flexible hours and the ability to work on my studies.
Admissions Advisor (Current Employee) – College Station, TX – November 6, 2013
Thru this position I worked for Texas A&M University in Austin, Texas. I worked from home and I was out in the field recruiting students from over 40 high schools to assist them with applying to Texas A&M. I was a recent college graduate and to have my first job working from home I believe it has made me a stronger candidate because I had to be self motivated to insure that I was on top of everything. If my next job were to be in an office setting I would be able to perform my work duties with little supervision due to the fact that I am already an independent worker. The hardest part of my job was working with students all year knowing that not everyone would get admitted. The one thing that always made me happy was when a student thanked me for my help.
A casual work atmosphere with the Department of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Graduate Assistant, Data Analyst - IT Department (Current Employee) – College Station, Texas – April 5, 2013
My typical day at work would be where I would be assigned task to complete on developing a website or updating the same. Also I am responsible for content management of the website. I would receive e-mails requesting for content updates or deletion. The thing that I learned when working here is time and task management. I learnt how to prioritize my tasks and keep the work rolling smoothly. We have the best team to work with and all are helpful towards each other. The hardest part of my job is to know what tasks to prioritize and which ones needs to be give higher importance. The most enjoyable part of the job is my team who I work with, the people who I meet and share my day with. There are a lot of things that I learn everyday from my work and I love working here
I loved attending school at TAMUK. As a TAMUK Dietetic Intern, I completed the comprehensive didactic program of 1200 hours in the practice of: 15 weeks of clinical health care (Medical Nutrition Therapy rotations), 8 weeks of food service management, and 7 weeks of community nutrition. The TAMUK-Dietetic Internship’s focus is in Medical Nutrition Therapy, and thus the majority of my experience was spent in multiple hospital settings using critical thinking skills to assess patients and to make nutrition-related decisions to deliver the best patient care. I provided patient education, assessments and consultations to a wide range of patients with a variety of health care conditions. I developed communications skills between the healthcare team that I worked with, as well as with the South Texas, largely Hispanic, population located near the American-Mexican border. Reason for leaving: Completed my dietetic internship.
Exciting laboratory always advancing the field of Livestock Biotechnology
Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) – College Station, TX – April 22, 2013
On a daily basis we get to see the success of our laboratory work in the over 30 transgenic animals (sheep, goats, cattle, and pigs) we have in the pastures and pens out the windows of our lab. We have combined upcoming molecular biology tools with assisted reproductive techniques to advance the field of animal agriculture. I have become an expert in cell and molecular biology techniques as well as assisted reproductive technologies. As a senior member of the lab at TAMU, I have honed the skills of a project manager, directing a research team and facilitating new member training. I have developed high standards of communication, to those under my direction, as well as to the senior investigators in the lab.
diverse skill set in molecular biology and assisted reproductive technologies
always changing projects and focused on the end goal. poor student development and mentoring
Technician (Former Employee) – College Station, Tx – September 15, 2015
I learned so much from this job regarding professionalism, integrity, teamwork, focus, multitasking, prioritization, and honor.
During my time there, a lot of changes happened. Such is life. At all times, my managers were courteous and willing to answer questions. They all shared a professional demeanor; they were strict, but fair. Co-workers watched out for each other like family. The hardest part of the job is the high turnover rate for such a meticulous job. If you cannot roll with the punches, it will be difficult for you.
When in doubt, communicate with your manager. Lack of communication is the death of any relationship.
Having confidence that co-workers would have your back
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Kingsville, TX – June 10, 2015
The best place to work as it was my school too. It was the best day when it was my colleagues birthday, everyone enjoyed to the fullest. Everyone made a special dish at lunch and arranged fun activities. Here, I learned to manage the situations in a good way. My co-workers were very polite and helpful, they used to guide me if I was going wrong in any situation. I got the confidence and judgement skills with their help. I used to teach the undergraduate students and help them with their homeworks/assignments. I even helped them to accomplish in their projects (which was tough part, as I need to learn all the basics of their projects and learn the skills according to it). But, still I enjoyed it a lot and enhanced my knowledge too.
Witnessing someones dreams coming true to go to college
Senior Office Assistant/Office Assistant (Former Employee) – College Station, TX – March 16, 2013
Typical work day was helping prospective students with their applications by answering questions and entering their applications and reviewing applications, transcripts and other important application information What I learned a new database, the ins/outs of the application process from the prospective student side and the admissions and records side, how to delegate, Management team was fantastic, understanding, helpful and great teachers of life. Co-Workers were team players to a point, but all away around great people to work with The hardest part of my job was sending out rejection letters and explaining why when the prospective students called. The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing a prospective students dream come true
Texas A&M Industrial Assessment Center (Former Employee) – Texas A&M University – June 29, 2015
The IAC at Texas A&M would take weekly trips to a company and run a energy analysis on the energy loads of the company's building. I learned so much from these trips and enjoyed looking at some of the manufacturing processes and how to suggest ways in which to make the process even more efficient. Students that went on the trip would write up assessment recommendations that focused on ways for the company to save money with some of the most common recommendations being retrofitting the lighting. The team lead would then compile those assessments from all the team members and send out a report to the company within 60 days of the plant visit. I learned a lot about time management with this group.